Who Manufactures Lexus?

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What country is Lexus from? Lexus originates in Japan. Is Lexus owned by Toyota? Yes! The Toyota Motor Corporation created the Lexus brand as their luxury vehicle segment starting in the 1980s, but in many respects Lexus operates independently from Toyota. Explore Lexus origins and manufacturing at Ray Catena Lexus of Freehold, then contact your local authorized Lexus retailer to schedule a test drive near Holmdel!


Where are Lexus Models Made?

Most Lexus vehicles are produced in Japan in the Chūbu and Kyūshū regions. However, in 2003, a plant in Ontario, Canada built the first Lexus outside Japan–Lexus RX 330. Now, Lexus models are made in several locations in Japan, Canada, and the United States:

  • Tahara, Japan — LS, GS, IS, GX, RX, and NX
  • Toyota City, Japan — ES, LX, LFA, and LC
  • Kitakyushu, Japan — CT, HS, and RX
  • Miyawaka, Japan — ES, IS, RX, NX, and UX
  • Susono, Japan — SC
  • Cambridge, Ontario, Canada — RX and RXh
  • Georgetown, Kentucky, USA — ES

When Was Lexus Founded?

While Toyota is the parent company of Lexus, the luxury brand has separate headquarters in Nagoya, Japan, and starting in the early 2000s it began operating its own centers for design, engineering, and manufacturing. What are the origins of the Lexus brand?

  • 1983 — Toyota started Project F1 (short for Flagship One) to aim to build the world’s best car, based on a challenge set by chairman Eiji Toyoda.
  • This project lasted several years and included market research in Laguna Beach, California, studying the lifestyles of wealthy Americans.
  • 1989 — Project F1 was finished, resulting in the launch of Lexus, a new luxury brand under Toyota focused on international markets, and a network of 81 new Lexus dealerships in the United States.
  • January 1989 — The Lexus LS 400 debuted at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, with a 4.0L V8 gasoline engine and rear-wheel drive, and its release shook up the luxury sedan market. Critics were impressed by the quality, performance, aerodynamics, comfortable interior, and more.
  • 2019 — After debuting many more vehicles and weathering the storms of international recession and more, the ten millionth Lexus model is sold.

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